A14 Junction 55 Copdock Interchange

We are considering the proposed improvement of the A14 Junction 55 Copdock Interchange as part of National Highways continued investment in the East of England

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  • 29 October 2021

    Public Consultation

    Our public consultation is open from 29 October to 9 December 2021.

    Visit our A14 Junction 55 Interchange Public Consultation for further information and to give us your feedback. Please make sure you submit your response by 11.59pm on Thursday 9 December 2021. Responses received after this time may not be considered.

    We're developing options for the A14 Junction 55 Copdock Interchange improvement together with other schemes in the area.  These will form a pipeline of possible future schemes.

    These schemes will be considered for the same pot of funding.  It is important to remember that none of the schemes we are currently  exploring as part of the pipeline are confirmed.

    Following the consultation, we will put the scheme forward for the Department for Transport to consider for funding. 

    Virtual Event Space

    Use this link to visit our Virtual Event Space:

    https://copdock-interchange-j55.virtualeventspace.io

    This virtual exhibition includes all the materials that you would be able to find at a public exhibition such as maps and environmental information. We have provided clear instructions so that people know how to navigate through the room.

    If you require help accessing the room, you can get in touch with our project team at A14J55copdock@nationalhighways.co.uk.


    Public exhibitions

    During the consultation period, we'll be holding four in-person public exhibitions, where you can find out more about the proposed scheme and speak to members of the project team:

     

    Date  Time Venue
    Saturday 6 November 2021 11am-6pm Holiday Inn Ipswich, London Rd, Ipswich IP2 0UA
    Friday 12 November 2pm-8pm Capel St Mary Village Hall, Capel St Mary, Ipswich IP9 2ER
    Saturday 20 November 11am-6pm Belstead village hall, Grove Hill, Ipswich IP8 3LU
    Friday 26 November 2pm-8pm Copdock Village Hall, Village Hall, London Rd, Copdock, Ipswich IP8 3JN

     

    Webinar

    We will also be hosting an online event where our technical experts will explain the proposals and answer any questions that you may have.

    We will hold the Webinar on Wednesday 10 November 2021 from 6pm to 7pm.

    If you would like to attend this, please join on the day using this Microsoft Teams event link.

    If you are having trouble, or need help joining,  please get in touch with our project team by emailing A14J55copdock@highwaysengland.co.uk

     

    Where to get a hard copy of our consultation brochure

    You can pick up a hard copy of our consultation brochure at these locations:

     

    Goslings Farm Shop, Garden Centre and Cafe, High Rd, Felixstowe IP11 0RJ

    Sproughton Community Shop, Tithe Barn, Lower St, Sproughton, Ipswich IP8 3AA

    Suffolk County Council, Endeavour House, 8 Russell Rd, Ipswich IP1 2BX

    Suffolk Libraries, County Library, Northgate St, Ipswich IP1 3DE

    Stoke Library, Maidenhall Approach, Ipswich IP2 8PL

    Chantry Library, Hawthorn Dr, Ipswich IP2 0QY

    Gainsborough Community Library, Clapgate Ln, Ipswich IP3 0RL

    Felixstowe Town Council, Town Hall, Undercliff Rd W, Felixstowe IP11 2AG (To be distributed in the Visit Felixstowe beach-hut)

    Capel St Mary Parish Council, 27a The Street, Capel St Mary, Ipswich. IP9 2EE (will also be distributed in the local library)

Project information

Overview

The A14 Junction 55 Copdock Interchange is a grade separated junction in Babergh District, south-west of Ipswich. It is one of the key Strategic Road Network (SRN) junctions serving Ipswich via the A14, the A12 and the A1214 and is located 14 miles to the west of the Port of Felixstowe.

The A14 has national and international importance as it is part of the Trans-European Transport (TEN-T) Network, connecting the Port of Felixstowe on the east coast with the Midlands and beyond via connections with the M6 and M1.

The junction with the A12 provides access to Colchester, Chelmsford, London, the M25 and Stansted Airport to the south and the A1214 is a key route for accessing Ipswich and the A14. 

The current variations in journey time reliability (that is, being able to accurately predict when individual vehicles will be arriving and departing) often present an unwelcome and potentially costly risk for freight moving to and from the Port of Felixstowe.

During peak periods, average speeds on the approaches to the Copdock Interchange are significantly less than the statutory limit. This results in unnecessary delays and queueing on the local road network. It is evident that the current demands on this section of the Strategic Road Network exceed the available capacity of the junction at crucial times and is likely to increase in the future. Such congestion also means significant numbers of drivers are diverting onto local roads with the associated increased risk to pedestrians and other road users.

Our objectives to improve the A14 Junction 55 Copdock Interchange include:

  • improving journey times through the junction with increased reliability and facilitate the smooth flow of traffic
  • making the road network at the junction itself and nearby roads safer.
  • supporting economic growth, especially facilitating reliable access to the Port of Felixstowe and their expansion proposals
  • delivering the best environmental design outcome
  • providing a more accessible and integrated major road network not just for motorised road traffic but also cyclists, walkers and other users of the network.
  • Increasing the local road network’s ability to recover from disruption, including road traffic collisions and other incidents.

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